Turkish aubergines

Preparation time: 10 minutes,
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes,
Oven temperature: 200°C, 400°F, gas 6,
Calories: 94 per portion


serves 4
2 aubergines
ground mace
2 teaspoons olive oil
shredded rind of 1 orange, to garnish

for the dressing

300 ml (1/2 pint) natural low-fat yogurt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh orange fuice
pinch of ground mace
salt and pepper


1. Halve the aubergines lengthways and sprinkle with a little salt and mace.

2. Cut four pieces of foil each large enough to contain an aubergine half. Lightly brush each aubergine half with oil and wrap in the foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tender.

3. Meanwhile, to make the dressing, mix together the yogurt, olive oil, orange juice, mace and salt and pepper.
Unwrap the aubergines and place on a serving dish.

4. Pour the dressing over the hot aubergine halves, sprinkle with orange rind and serve immediately.

For a sharper-tasting dressing, substitute lemon juice for the orange juice. Use finely chopped mint instead of orange rind as a garnish.

What did you think?

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Turkish? I don't think so...
posted by R. YILDIRIM @ 04:56AM, 12/20/08
What makes this 'Turkish' aubergine? I have been living in Turkey for more than ten years now, and the use of mace or orange juice are not known practices - nor is the use of only 2 tsp olive oil - aubergines are usually fried in inches of the stuff! The Turks eat aubergine (patlican) in many ways, but I doubt if this is one of them.
It's definitely Turkish
posted by mehmet @ 03:02PM, 4/06/10
I am Turkish and this recipe was made by my grandmother regularly when we were kids. It's from the Cappadocia region in Anatolia. It's delicious with lemon juice and I also add some coriander leaves to garnish instead of mint. In Turkish this dish is called yogurtlu ve soslu patlican.
Help needed
posted by Mandy @ 10:53AM, 7/17/10
I went on hols to Turkey and we had some wonderful aubergine meals-wish i'd asked the chef for the recipe. would love some recipes if anyone has any!!
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